Cliff Palace in Colorado (Mesa Verde, USA) - cliff dwelling
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Mesa Verde, Colorado, USA
Date of build
Years 1073 - 1273
Ruined stone castles and towers embedded in a huge cliff looked like a fortified city built by crusaders or a Moorish military dignitary and then abandoned.
The city builders were called Pueblo (village), they built their amazing buildings without using metal tools or modern machines. Their buildings are referred to as the first high rise residential buildings in America. Klifowy Palace is the largest of these buildings, and at the same time the most famous example of them in Mesa Verde Park.
It could accommodate a maximum of about 400 people. It had 200 living rooms and pantries and numerous sheds (rooms for celebrations). The rooms were decorated with geometric wall paintings. From the front there was an open terrace, which served the community for everyday work, such as making ceramics and grinding grain.
Along Mesa Chapin near the Klifowy Palace there are two other buildings: the Balcony House and the 27-meter and 100-room Świerk Tree House.
Official website: http://www.nps.gov/meve/historyculture/cd_cliff_palace.htm